Home

Venezuela Hit With ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory By State Department

By Sharelle Burt

Share

Things just got worse for travelers heading to Venezuela.

The State Department has issued a level four travel advisory, warning travelers not to go to the South American country. The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has prompted the warning after the Trump administration pushed for President Nicolas Maduro to be removed and instead recognize Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly, as the country’s interim president.

The United States government is limited in assisting Americans who go over there against the advisory, citing “crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.”

RELATED: What Do U.S. Travel Advisories Really Mean? 

Starting at a level three advisory last week, the State Department raised the warning to level four given the severity of the situation, noting that violent crime is common, food and medical shortages are severe and random demonstrations “typically elicit a strong police and security force response.” This level places Venezuela in the same category as North Korea and Syria.

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned Friday that the situation in Venezuela could very easily “spiral out of control with catastrophic consequences.”

Many anti-Maduro protesters have taken over the streets, engaging in violence amid the government crackdown. The United Nations has reported that at least 20 people have been killed, allegedly shot by Maduro-controlled security officers or other pro-government forces. Officials even had to clear out the U.S. embassy in Caracas, except for essential staff. Venezuela is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that is on the State Department’s “Do Not Travel” list, even though there are parts of Mexico where drug cartels and criminal gangs are highly active and have been designated at Level 4.

Updating advisories is something that the State Department does on the regular, informing U.S. citizens on the travel conditions outside of state lines, ranging from level one, or “exercise normal precautions” to level four, or “do not travel.”

Share
Travel Noire

Sharelle Burt

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

This New Las Vegas Resort Has Plans To Build ‘The Greatest Pool In The History Of The World’

This New Las Vegas Resort Has Plans To Build ‘The Greatest Pool In The History Of The World’

A Las Vegas resort has ambitious plans for building the greatest pool in the world but can it accomplish this huge goal? The Circa Resort & Casino on Fremont Street will house a pool operated by a temperature control system, allowing it to stay open every single day of the year.  “We’re trying to build […]

Kelsey Marie

New Orleans’ Airport Is Now A Hot Spot For Foodies And You Won’t Need A Boarding Pass To Enter

New Orleans’ Airport Is Now A Hot Spot For Foodies And You Won’t Need A Boarding Pass To Enter

New Orleans is known for serving up delicious food and Louis Armstrong International Airport is no different. The New Orleans airport just revealed its new terminal which took six years to complete. The terminal cost $1.3 billion dollars and is now a foodie destination.  The airport now has food offerings such as the popular Cafe […]

Kelsey Marie

Flight Attendants & Pilots Sue Frontier For Discrimination Against New Moms

Flight Attendants & Pilots Sue Frontier For Discrimination Against New Moms

Female pilots and flight attendants are suing Frontier Airlines alleging that the airline discriminated against pregnant women and new moms. According to a federal lawsuit filed earlier this week, Frontier forced the women to take extended and largely unpaid leave while pregnant and refused to accommodate breastfeeding. The women said Frontier made both pilots and […]

Parker Diakite